COLCHESTER, Vt. - Saint Michael's College field hockey sophomore Jenna Puleo (Essex Junction, Vt./Essex/Providence) capped her rookie year by being named to the Northeast-10 Conference All-Conference second team on Wednesday. She was among just 25 women named to one of the NE10's top two teams.
Puleo was among 12 student-athletes to claim a spot on the second team, with 37 landing on one of three all-league squads. Purple Knights have been all-league 11 times in the last six seasons, as the program has been represented with at least one all-conference honoree in 23 of the past 24 seasons. A transfer from Division I Providence College, Puleo is the program's third rookie to ever land all-league, with Sarah Alves '01 and Courtney Breen '02 doing so in 1998. A 2018 inductee into the Saint Michael's Athletic Hall of Fame, Alves was also a Division I transfer, from Fairfield University.
Puleo led the Purple and Gold in goals (9) and points (20), potting three game-winners, with eight of her goals and 18 points coming in the final 11 contests. Seven of her markers came in the 52nd minute or later, including each winning tally. Teammates scored five more goals directly off of rebounds from her initial shots - which is not credited as an assist in field hockey - meaning she helped generate nearly three quarters of the Purple Knights' offense this fall. She remains tied for sixth in the NE10 in game-winning goals, tied for 13th in goals and tied for 15th in points.
After netting one goal in her first seven contests with Saint Michael's, Puleo broke out for four goals and two assists in the next three games, registering two goals and an assist while scoring 3:43 into overtime during a 6-5 win at Bentley University on Oct. 3 and burying the game-winner with 8:07 remaining two days later in a 2-1 victory over Southern Connecticut State University. Puleo added two more multi-goal games, including scoring both of her team's goals in the second half of a 2-1 comeback win at Mercy College on Oct. 26, potting the winner with 6:18 to go.